The TCT 2016 Start UP Zone returned bigger and better in 2016, providing newly established companies with a great opportunity to showcase their products and compete for the Startup Award and a prize of £10, 000. In this year’s competition, we saw 16 companies make their big TCT debut with products and services covering all the major areas.
3D printing has been in the spotlight for several years now, unleashing a storm of enthusiasm but it had also attracted a great deal of scepticism. However, one thing is for sure – 3D printing technology found its way into business and education, and it’s here to stay. Today, 3D printers are cost-effective and convenient tools in manufacturing, medicine and fashion.
How can you make 3D printing appeal to all learning types? Whatever the age group, we have put together some ideas for the classroom. The notion that each of us learns differently has been contested throughout the years. However, evidence shows that children and adults learn differently.
What do cave paintings and 3d printer designs have in common? The fact that humans have always had the urge to create and express themselves. Today, we still have the opportunity to be artistic – but there has been increasing concern that creativity is being diminished under the strain of delivering curriculum-driven results.
A fortnight ago we gave a lecture for the Technical Teachers Association (TTA), unveiling the Rocket Car project. The overall aim of the seminar was to give teachers a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths) project that uses 3D printing in different ways
Karen Breneman, Founder of Meadowlark Yoga and MSc student in Human Anatomy at Edinburgh University, recently approached us with a very special 3D printing project. As the study of the human body and medical advancements become ever more prominent within the industry we were keen to help Karen with the range of anatomical 3D print outs she required.
The magic of 3D printing means we can have a detailed look at something which is otherwise so small that it can only be seen using x-ray techniques. When a PhD student at St Andrews University recently approached 3dprintworks, asking us to print the Fluorinase Momomerscale, we were more than happy to oblige.